Scissor Sisters
Ta-Dah


3.0
good

Review

by Michael Robison USER (39 Reviews)
November 15th, 2006 | 12 replies


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist


In 2004, the Scissor Sisters somehow found their way into the pop scene, and they found success with singles off their…interesting mix of dance, rock, and lyrics that oozed sexuality, but not the typical pop sexuality. Four of the five members of the band (I am uncertain which is the odd one out) are gay, and this was flaunted, celebrated, and at times mourned to the club beats of their first album. Now in 2006, the Scissor Sisters have released their sophomore album, Ta-Dah!

This album is more rock (some decent guitar work including a solo in “She’s My Man”) and a little less techno. There were some attempts at groove-based songs that made their debut so fun. These include the first single “I Don’t Feel Like Dancing” and “Ooh.” But none of them have the same spirit, panache, or funk as the dance songs on the debut. “Ooh” is a good song, the chorus is pretty catchy. It is definitely a Scissor Sisters song, with the right mix of camp and rhythm.

However, I cannot stand the single, “I Don’t Feel Like Dancing.” This is the opener to the CD, so when I first put in the CD, I groaned. The chorus is overly campy and not very grabbing perhaps it was not meant to be a dance song, as the title might suggest…I may have missed something. Upon listening to it again, it is not much of a dance song after all, but the little piano before vocals are damn annoying. They could have gone with a better intro.

A more disco-ish song is “Lights.” I have mixed feelings about this song, as a majority of the song is pretty good. It has a Saturday Night Fever feel, hence my calling it “disco-ish.” But there is a completely unnecessary horn intro, the horns are not in the rest of the song, and feel out of place. Other than that, the song has some good vocals and synths.

I like the rock songs more than the dance songs. These include “She’s My Man” and “Kiss You Off.” Both of these are great songs. They have attitude, they have flair, just as the Scissor Sisters should have. Admittedly, the intro to “She’s My Man” still lacks any hook, which is a problem with the whole album. But the lyrics are out there, and I love it. Jake Shears has a very interesting voice, he hits high notes like Andy Gibbs, when he goes low (well, relatively low) he reminds me of Freddy Mercury, not going falsetto. I know they probably don’t sound much alike, but that is what comes to mind. There’s a little guitar solo from Del Marquis, which is something I do not remember from the debut. It’s nothing special, but it’s nice enough.

“Kiss You Off” has a model’s runway feel to it, it’s got upbeat drums and humming guitars. It’s a song about moving on, with a kiss. Mr. Shears is fed up and “kissing you off.” Another “runway song,” if you will is “Paul McCartney,” with the synthesizers, and a funky bass courtesy of Babydaddy. He has some moments on the album, but I feel he could have had more of an effect. “Paul McCartney” is possibly the catchiest song on the CD, mostly because of the nice vocals, with the extra high pitched “to you”s.

However, “I Don’t Feel Like Dancing” is not the only truly bad song. It’s not even the worst. That award goes to “I Can’t Decide.” From the pretentious feel of the verse to the terrible terrible terrible lyrics. For example: “Oh I could throw you in the lake/Or feed you poisoned birthday cake.” I shudder just thinking of that. The chorus is average, but the rest of the song is so bad. It’s sickeningly upbeat, which I guess was meant to be irony, since the song is about deciding whether or not some person should live.

The ballads, “Land of a Thousand Words” and “The Other Side,” pretty good. Not as good as “Return to Oz” or “Mary,” but they aren’t bad. The drowsy guitar and soft piano chords for “Land of a Thousand Words” fit for a long day.

With this album, the Scissor Sisters tried a number of different things. Hell, “Intermission” even went a little burlesque. But in the end, it doesn’t really come off as a consistent work. There are good songs, showing the band has a harder side, which I like. There are some relapses to the not-so-clean fun of disco pop, which is more hit and miss this time. All the songs sound like the Scissor Sisters, thanks mostly to Jake Shears vocals which glue everything together. But the songs sound like the Scissor Sisters at different stages. There is no filler, just some bad songs, they clearly thought about what they were doing, they just failed in my opinion. The CD’s inconsistency is mostly musically. The intros and instrumentation during verses are often very poor (“I Don’t Feel Like Dancing” “She’s My Man” “The Other Side” and especially, especially “I Can’t Decide). However they show some maturity, musically in songs like “Kiss You Off” and “Land of a Thousand Words.” As in the previous album, the choruses are generally spot on. It just seems they could’ve done more, musically, to make more consistently good songs. Ta-Dah! is fun, not as much fun as the debut, but still fun.



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Zmev
November 16th 2006


983 Comments


My only issue with this review is the "paragraph" where with 3 sentences you reviewed 3 songs. = /

UrbanM11
November 16th 2006


117 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

yea, i agree w/Zmev, the 2nd paragraph needs to be broken up, but either than than, this was a good review.

ohcleverhansyou
November 16th 2006


885 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Woah, I did not notice that when I split up the last two paragrapsh, I'll edit that.

The Jungler
November 16th 2006


4827 Comments


Not a bad review at all, I'm not a huge fan of these guys either, but they're pretty fun.
I'm not with one is hetro, but I'm guessing it's the woman.

ohcleverhansyou
November 16th 2006


885 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I really wish I could've seen them live, but it seems they're pretty popular over here, and tickets were long sold out by the time I checked.

Two-Headed Boy
November 16th 2006


4527 Comments


"Dancing" is honestly the worst song I've heard in a longggggg time. And I've heard some pretty bad ones.

Sepstrup
January 9th 2007


1563 Comments


I Don't Feel Like Dancing is incredibly awesome. What's with the hate?

Kaleid
January 9th 2007


711 Comments


These guys (and gal) were never meant to be taken too seriously! Songs like 'I Don't Feel Like Dancing' and 'Filthy/Gorgeous' are simply good songs to play in mainstream clubs for the masses to drunkenly dance and sing along to

Big Baby Jesus
May 23rd 2008


549 Comments


"I'm sitting in the bus station, minding my own business, reading ‘Ta-Da!’ magazine; a magazine by and for gay magicians."[/daveattell]

Anyways, good review.

badtaste
September 2nd 2008


824 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah man, "I Don't Feel Like Dancin'" is Scissor Sisters standard fare. If you don't like it, I dare say you're not really into the Sisters at all then.

Methinks you should have cut out the track-by-track paragraphs, it buggers the flow a bit. Otherwise, neat review. Oh, you could chucked in an Elton John mention for some trivia.

Anthracks
November 29th 2008


3744 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Surprised with the hate at I Don't Feel Like Dancin' and I Can't Decide...those are two of my favorites off the album. I also disagree with the lyrics on the latter being terrible, I think they're pretty good and I'm really picky when it comes to lyrics.

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ohcleverhansyou
November 29th 2008


885 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Every Scissor Sisters fan seems to like "I Don't Feel Like Dancin"...I can understand, it is very much in their character, but I cannot
stand the song, though I like the band. As for "I Can't Decide," I suppose we just disagree, I cringe even thinking of that song. This Message Edited On 11.29.08



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